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DIY: Toy Story Embroidered Hoop Art

When we found out that one of our biggest fans, Natalie Murphy, was Instagram famous for creating the most adorable embroidery hoops, we had to ask if she could teach us. Fortunately for all of us, she said yes! Natalie put together a quick tutorial on how to make your own hoop art, with a trio inspired by one of our favorite Disney•Pixar classics, Toy Story.

Natalie Murphy Hoops

Hey guys! It’s Natalie Murphy of Ariel and Alder here to show you how to create a set of three embroidered hoops inspired by one of my favorite films – Toy Story. I just know you’ll love it!

Natalie Murphy 3 Toy Story Hoops

First, you’ll need to gather all of your materials, which I have listed out separately for each hoop. Unknown-26

Bandana Hoop

The first hoop is the one that ties the whole trio together. For this one, you’ll need:

  • 1 Red bandana
  • Yellow embroidery thread
  • 1 Embroidery hoop
  • Yellow fabric paint
  • Needle (wide enough to for embroidery thread)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue / Fabric glue
  1. Lay the bandana over the face of the hoop and pull tightly. Snap the frame of the hoop into place around it and trim the edges leaving about 1-inch of fabric around the edge of the frame.
    Natalie Hoops 1
  2. Stitch around the back of the frame with the extra 1-inch of fabric to make the edges look nice and clean. Natalie Murphy Backside Bandana
  3. Print out a font you want to mimic (I used western-inspired font as my template for the word “friends” and did the rest freehand) and space the lettering out where you want them on the hoop, so you have a map to follow when stitching. You can also do trace lettering if you have alphabet stencils.
  4. Now it’s time to embroider, which typically takes the longest. I embroider in waiting rooms, during a pedicure, you name it. I use a split stitch as seen below as it’s the easiest. UnknownUnknown-12
  5. Once you’ve finished embroidering the font, you can paint in between the embroidered lettering to make it pop against the busy background.
    Natalie Murphy Quad
  6. Let it dry, and you’re done!Natalie Murphy You've Got a Friend in Me Hoop

Andy’s Room Hoop

To make the next hoop, which will be inspired by Andy’s room, you’ll need:

  • 1 Sheet of white felt
  • Blue fabric
  • 1 Embroidery hoop
  • White thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue / Fabric Glue
  1. Lay the blue fabric over the top of the embroidery hoop and pull tightly. Snap the edges of the hoop into place. Using scissors, trim the edges leaving about a 1-inch circumference of fabric around the edge of the frame.
  2. Stitch around the back of the frame with the extra one inch of fabric to make the edges look nice and clean. IMG_1072
  3. Cut out the shape of a few clouds with your white felt and arrange them where you want on the face of the blue hoop. IMG_1073
  4. Glue the felt clouds on, and you’re done! Natalie Murphy Clouds Hoop

Alien Hoop

For the final alien hoop, you’ll need:

  • 1 Sheet of green felt
  • Green fabric
  • 3 Large white buttons
  • 3 Small black buttons
  • 1 Embroidery hoop
  • Green thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue / Fabric Glue
  1. Lay the green fabric over the top of the embroidery hoop and pull tightly. Snap the edges of the hoop into place. Using scissors, trim the edges leaving about a 1-inch circumference of fabric around the edge of the frame.
  2. Stitch around the back of the frame with the extra one inch of fabric to make the edges look nice and clean. IMG_0974
  3. Cut out the shape of alien ears (like an elongated teardrop) with your green felt, and arrange these on the edges of the hoop’s frame. Glue them down to keep them secure.
  4. Glue white buttons down first in a row of three at the center of the hoop. Then glue the black on top of the white to look like eyes, and you’re all done! Natalie Murphy Alien Hoop

Now you’ve got an adorable trio that deserves a prime wall spot in your room, above your desk, or at work. Embroidered hoops make for great gifts, too! I hope you had fun!

For more hoop art from Natalie, follow her on Instagram @natalievmurphy, YouTube and on her blog. We can’t wait to see what she makes next! 

Photography: Katy Weaver

 

Posted 2 years Ago
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